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Anthony James Joins To Strengthen Legal Aid Costs Team

25 October 2018   We are proud to welcome Anthony James to the Goodwin Malatesta team. Anthony brings many years of legal costs experience including 20 years at the Legal Aid Board and he will be focusing on the lodging of claims within CCMS, the preparation of bills of costs, points of dispute and High Costs case claims, as well as applying his unrivalled Legal Aid knowledge to enhance the services we provide our .....continue reading

Publication Of The Summary Of Responses To The Consultation On Introducing Fixed Recoverable Costs In Lower Value Clinical Negligence Claims

15 February 2018   The Department of Health & Social Care has published its Summary of Responses to the Consultation on Introducing Fixed Recoverable Costs in Lower Value Clinical Negligence Claims.  In the conclusion the Secretary of State for Health accepts the proposal to set up a working group to develop a bespoke process for clinical negligence claims initially valued up to £25,000 and .....continue reading

Capped/fixed Costs Pilot Scheme

05 January 2018   Proposals have been put forward for a capped costs and fixed costs pilot scheme for claims up to a value of £250,000. Details of the scheme are contained in the recently published CPRC minutes. The scheme is also intending to consider which of costs capping, costs budgeting or fixed costs is the best method for controlling costs overall.  Entry to the pilot will be voluntary and both sides will .....continue reading

2018 - The Year Of The E-Bill Of Costs!

05 January 2018   The new electronic bill will become compulsory from April 2018 in certain cases. The minutes published from the CPRC Committee confirm that the ultimate intention is that the compulsory pilot will be extended to all courts, but for the time being will be limited to the SCCO. The limited roll-out is due in part to issues identified, namely that although the SCCO is confident that they have the IT .....continue reading

Goodwin Malatesta Raising Funds For Kidney Cancer Uk And Animal Welfare Charity ‘mutts In Distress’ In 2018

05 January 2018   We are pleased to announce that we have chosen to support Kidney Cancer UK as one of our designated charities in 2018. Kidney Cancer UK is a British charity established in 2000 to support kidney cancer patients, their carers, medical professionals and scientific researchers. The charity was established by the political scientist Keith Taylor after he was diagnosed with kidney and lung cancer in 19 .....continue reading

Sick Of Sickness Claims

30 August 2017   Holiday sickness claims have been all over the legal press recently with Defendants claiming successes against what they see as purely fraudulent claims and Claimants also claiming successes with what they consider mostly genuine claims with a few dishonest ones in the mix. In mid-June, ABTA launched its ‘Stop Sickness Scams’ campaign, claiming that holiday sickness claims had increas .....continue reading

Time To Prepare For The New Format Bill Of Costs!

04 July 2017   After a further delay due to IT issues, we can now expect no earlier than April 2018 to witness the biggest change to how legal costs claims are presented since the days of Dickens’ ‘Bleak House’ and Jarndyce v Jarndyce!  Many lawyers are unprepared for this massive change and this Briefing aims to set out the fundamentals. Since Lord Justice Jackson’s Review of Civil .....continue reading

Changing Funding - The New Black

29 June 2017   Publish Date: 30 Apr 2016 Defendants have had a recent run of successes in arguing that it was unreasonable for a solicitor to change from public funding to a CFA pre-Jackson. In Surrey v Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust [2015] EWHC B16 (Costs), the advice given to the Claimant was not comprehensive, particularly in relation to the 10% uplift that was charged on his damages by changin .....continue reading

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